HC Deb 28 March 1956 vol 550 cc2149-50
41. Mr. Younger

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will make a further statement on negotiations with Jordan.

Mr. Selwyn Lloyd

The right hon. Member will now have seen the joint communiqué issued on 24th March. I have nothing to add at present.

Mr. Younger

Will the Foreign Secretary say whether reports which have been very authoritatively appearing in the Press are correct, namely, that we are proposing to continue at approximately its former level our subsidy for the military forces of Jordan, while, at the same time, we have lost all assurance that those forces will be used in any way in conformity with British policy? Is he aware that there is very great anxiety about that in this country?

Mr. Lloyd

I am aware of the anxiety, but I think that until the negotiations are over I can add nothing.